Czech Republic supportive of Slovakia' bid to join EU and NATO
During talks in Prague on Thursday President Vaclav Havel and his Slovak counterpart Rudolf Schuster stated that their countries enjoyed a special relationship. The two neighboring states, which spent over 70 years in a federation and divorced amicably in 1993, are believed to have the closest bilateral relations in Europe. At present, the Czech Republic firmly supports Slovakia's bid to join the EU and NATO as soon as possible, both for political and economic reasons. After their divorce in 1993 the two countries set up a customs union in order to preserve favourable trading conditions. What would happen to it if one were to enter the EU ahead of the other?
According to the Czech Republic's chief envoy to Brussels Pavel Telicka, abolishing the customs union would have